Aggie Fest or Nah?

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Aggie Fest has come and gone, and with a full schedule of events throughout the week, campus was guaranteed to be full of Aggie Pride. Ironically, I was not really feeling Aggie spirit. Apparently, many students were not too excited with this year’s line-up.

“It wasn’t very interesting,” said Kimberly Fields, a senior journalism and mass communications student. “I only looked forward to one thing which was the Greek stroll off. We found out everything last minute, and I wasn’t able to prepare for the week.”

SUAB released Aggie Fest’s schedule later than usual, which irritated students. Furthermore, it did not help that students were disappointed with the schedule after it was released.

“There were no flyers posted with the list of the events,” Kim added. “And if you weren’t following the Turner Administration on social media, then you didn’t know the entire list of events.”

Aggie Fest 2014 kicked off with a Sober Party from 4-7 p.m. in Exhibit Hall and the RHA Step Off in Corbett Sports Center from 7-10 p.m. on Monday. Tuesday, there was an Ice Cream Social with the Turner Administration in the union courtyard from 12-2 p.m. as well as a movie night at Four Seasons Town Center where students watched the sequel to Captain America. The Honors Convocation in Harrison Auditorium, Spiritual Life and Community Service Fair, and Aggies and Poets took place on Wednesday. Thursday, the Greek stroll competition took place in Corbett Sports Center, and Friday there was a cookout in the Holland Bowl. RHA’s Aggie Doghouse carwash took place in the Moore Gym parking lot from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

What happened to the concert, block party, and gym jam?

How was Aggie Fest 2013? Monday, the RHA Dorm Step Off WAS in Corbett Sports Center launched Aggie Fest 2013. Tuesday, the Savings Showdown was in the union parking lot, and the Spiritual Fair was in Quad. Aggies and Poets was in Stallings Ballroom, and the turn out for this event was impeccable. Wednesday, the University Convocation was in Harrison Auditorium from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. There was even an RHA “The Blackout” bowling event at Spare Time Lanes. The SUAB block party was held from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Holland Bowl on Thursday, which brought reality TV star and A&T graduate Dutchess Lattimore, better known as, Dutchess of “Black Ink Crew” made an appearance. Friday, the Greek Stroll competition took place in Corbett Sports Center. Among all of Aggie Fest’s many activities, there was even a 90s party themed gym jam held in Corbett Sports Center. Not to mention, rapper’s J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. shut it down at the Triad College Music Festival in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Many students were left disappointed with Aggie Fest 2014, especially after comparing Aggie Fest 2014 to Aggie Fest 2013.

“I think 2013 was better because of the concert,” said Cayla Webster, a junior journalism and mass communications student.

“Hands down, 2013 was better,” said Ashleigh Wilson, a sophomore journalism and mass communications students. “This year was whack! Last year, there were more events and better publicity and communication. Events were actually free!”

There was a rumor on the yard that Future, the Migos, and Jhene Aiko were supposed to perform at this year’s concert, but Future and Jhene Aiko backed out.

Well Aggies, Aggie Fest is and always will be what you make it out to be. With that being said, let’s finish this school year with a bang.

  • Mija Gary, Contributor